Book Club

The BOCK Book Club meets the first Tuesday of the month, 5:30–6:30 pm, at Grand Traverse Pie Company on Westnedge, Portage, MI, to discuss an agreed upon book.

March 2018 Book: Alas Babylon by Pat Frank


April 2018 Book: TBD


May 2018 Book: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty


June 2018 Book: TBD


July 2018 No Book Club


August 2018 Book: TBD


September 2018 Book: TBD


October 2018 Book: TBD


November 2018 Book: TBD


December 2018 Book: TBD

Golf2017

13th Annual
Childhood Cancer Campaign Golf Outing

Sunday, September 17, 2017
8:00 am – 3:00 pm at Heritage Glen Golf Club in Paw Paw, MI.

Hole Sponsors and Players are needed.
Registrations forms for either can be found at the bottom of this post.


BOCK-20150920-Golf-4The 13th Annual Childhood Cancer Campaign is quickly approaching on Sunday, September 17th.  It will be held at Heritage Glen Golf Club in Paw Paw, MI. The CCC Golf Committee wants to have at least 72 participants and we are just short of reaching that goal. To encourage golfers to join in the festivities, we will honor the $70.00 early bird registration fee.

The money raised supports the Bronson Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic, as well as Optimist International Foundation’s Childhood Cancer Campaign providing funds for cancer research at Johns Hopkins University.

It’s a 4-person 18 hole scramble with special event holes that include closest to the pin, closest to the squiggly line, poker chip hole and a few other surprises. There’s opportunities to win prizes and money with the putting contest, 50/50 drawing, raffle and prize board.

Golfers of all levels can participate. We provide morning snacks, water, and opportunities to improve your golf score. An awards luncheon will follow the event.

Lets’ raise some money to fight childhood cancer. Providing the care, finding the cure!

We are looking for 4 volunteers to work the special hole events from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm.  We will provide lunch after the event.  Please contact Nicole Ingersoll if you are interested and available.

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Ingersoll at (269) 217-0513 or [email protected]

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Click links for PDF forms

CCCHoleSponsorForm2017

CCCGolfRegistration2017

Respect for Law

2017 Respect For Law and Movie Night

Friday August 4, 2017
Celery Flats, Portage MI

BOCK is proud to co-sponsor the third annual Respect for Law Movie Night in conjunction with the Portage Youth Advisory Committee. The event will feature public safety demonstrations from 7:00-9:00 pm and will be followed by the movie Moana around 9:15 pm. This event is free to the public and with popcorn and water provided.

This event is designed to let families come together and talk with Public Safety Officers in a friendly and educational way. Among the demonstrations will be:

  • Kalamazoo County Office of Emergency Management
  • Kalamazoo County SWAT
  • Kalamazoo Public Safety Bomb Squad
  • Life EMS
  • Portage Bicycle Officer and K-9 unit
  • Portage Community Officers
  • Portage Fire Department
  • Pride Care Ambulance

Each demonstration allows children to meet the first responders, learn about the job, and explore how some of the equipment is used. There is an interactive game that the children may participate in if they choose.

This year we have added the food truck Smoked Down BBQ so attendees may purchase food..

Support your Club by sharing this information with your friends, neighbors, churches, and any other places you feel would be interested.

We hope to see you and your family at Celery Flats on August 4th.

 


Last year:
2016 Respect for Law and Movie Night

August 5th — Community movie and Respect for Law demonstrations

7-9 pm — Visit with area law enforcement officers and learn about area fire fighters, mounted police, canine units, state police, bomb squad, emergency medical services and  many other units.  Children will have a chance to talk to officers and see equipment (and horses!) from area law enforcement units.

9:30 Movie — Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Please join us for the second annual respect for Law movie night.

star-wars-7-force-awakens-blu-ray-trailer-imagesMovie: STARWARS The Force Awakens

Movie to be shown on the large outside screen in front of the Hayloft (rain setting will be inside the barn.)
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2017 CCDHH

BOCK will hold its annual Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) contest in February.
2016 CCDHH Winners

The topic for the 4-5 minute speech is “What the World Gains from Optimism.” There are prizes for first, second, and third place. The date of the contest is February 18, 2017, 10 am  at the Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors (GKAR), 5830 Venture Park Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

The Communication Contest for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students is open to young people through grade 12  who have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more, which must be supported by an audiogram completed no longer than 24 months prior in order to be eligible to compete.. Each contestant must prepare his or her own presentation with limited assistance on content. All contestants must make a presentation on the official contest topic and submit a typed copy
of the speech. Contestants can present in sign language, orally or using a combination of both.

Click blue button to download entry form with rules. The deadline for application is February 10, 2017.

CCDHH Rules and Entry Form

Please share the information with anyone who may be interested including students, other teachers and speech coaches. First, Second and Third Place awards will be given.  Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Nancy Gallihugh
BOCK Communictions Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Chair
[email protected]

2017 Essay Contest

2016 Essay Contest Winners

The Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo (BOCK) is seeking candidates for the annual Optimist International Essay Contest. This year’s topic is: “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges.”

Student must be under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016 to participate. The contest is designed to give young people valuable experience in expressing their thoughts in a public forum and compete for local and state prizes. At the local level (BOCK) the prize for first place is $200. At the District level the prize for first place is a $2,500 scholarship.

Essay Contest Application form including the Essay Contest Rules and more information can be found by clicking the buttons. Essays, hard copy only, are to be submitted to me, at the address below, no later than 5:00 pm Thursday, January 26, 2016. Essays will be judged at the local level and the winner sent on to the District Essay Chair by February 28th, 2017.

Click for Rules and Entry Form

Please contacting me at (269-341-1239 or at [email protected]) with Questions by Monday, January 23rd. If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me

Chris (Christina) Shults
Essay Contest Chairperson

3808 Old Colony Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-3119

2017 Oratorical Contest

The Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo (BOCK) will hold its annual oratorical contest in February, 2017.

The topic for the 4-5 minute speech is “What the World Gains from Optimism.” There are prizes for first, second, and third place. The date of the contest is February 18, 2017, 10 am  at the Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors (GKAR), 5830 Venture Park Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

Click blue button to download entry form with rules. The deadline for application is February 10, 2017.

Rules and Entry Form

 

Please share the information with anyone who may be interested including students, other teachers and speech coaches. The contest is open to any student under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016, who has not graduated from high school or the equivalent. The local winner will have an opportunity to compete for cash scholarships. Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Dan Mills
BOCK Oratorical Chair
(269) 720-1914